Instead of going to literary agent after literary agent groveling before them and getting no positive response whatsoever–letter after letter “rejecting” my first novel, Battle of the Band–by the end of 1995, I decided that even though I had very little money on me (I had to borrow money from my husband who had other plans with money he had gotten from selling a piece of land he won by helping fund a legal battle our side won), I had no other recourse but to self-publish my book that I had been, on and off, working on since I was a teenager! And to self-publish books, you need a “self-publisher,” right? So I needed an independent publishing company with myself as SOLE PROPRIETOR, and, since it was my final recourse, I called this company OmegaBooks–the Greek letter “omega” which looks like an upside-down “u” is the final letter in the Greek alphabet and is also a reference to Jesus Christ at the “Second Coming” as the “alpha” (first Greek letter) and “omega” at His Second Coming.
Note: In case you are now wondering, yes, I am a Christian. A real one, not just some religious doctrinal one. So to speak, I’m really not “religious.” What Christ founded with His apostles and disciples quickly turned into man-made doctrines, symbolism, denigration of what Christ really taught, “money changing,” a form of Pharisee-ism–“Churchianity,” not “CHRISTianity”!
Though I did have too many books printed of Battle of the Band–it was my first go, right? Folks the only way to learn when you are beginning a venture is to make mistakes so you learn from your mistakes–I did eventually make a small profit from my second novel, the sequel to Battle of the Band, The Prophesied Band (for one thing, I actually got the number of copies printed I knew I could make a profit from). Plus, I had also gotten through that some method my husband got money, money for myself to get this second book printed (plus I was able to pay my husband back what he “lent” to me ).
And, in both cases, how did I sell my books with very little money for advertising?
By NOT ADVERTISING! I sold my books at book fairs and things like Writer Conferences (I am a member of Texas Mountain Trail Writers, and was their newsletter editor in the late 90s) and just placing them in local store venues. I also wrote “press releases” for the local “once-a-week” newspapers, so that locals knew that I had completed books for their reading enjoyment. Folks, I paid ZERO to sell my books! And, while I didn’t sell a lot of books, at least I sold more books than writers signing on with “vanity publishers,” paying them thousands of dollars and then having to push their books themselves! Paying thousands, and getting nothing but deep in debt!
And, while I am finishing up the final version of the third book in the Prodigal Band series, The Prodigal Band (to be uploaded soon at my forthcoming domain site on WordPress so that one can download it FREE for a limited time), as well as my Amazon Kindle book, Shine Over Evil, I am investigating and working on a project that could help self-publishing authors to KNOW that their books will SUCCEED when they may be discouraged like I was that they’ll never make money off their creations.
Ina nutshell, I want to SUCCEED “my way”–not by “selling my soul to Big Publishing” (the literary industry’s version of “selling their soul to the devil” so-to-speak, like supposedly all rock bands have to…which, of course, my trilogy definitely addresses!).